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HONOLULU Magazine and Paradise of the Pacific—chronicling the Islands since 1888.


Oct. 1929: A view of the Pali lookout in the above photo from Paradise of the Pacific, predecessor to HONOLULU Magazine

Oct. 1949: "The gracious atmosphere of a vanished era has been recaptured with detailed perfection in what was once the royal residence of Hawai'i's beloved Queen Emma," reports Paradise of the Pacific. Queen Emma's summer home in Nu'uanu Valley opened as a museum in 1915. But after 30 years, the museum had fallen into disrepair. The Daughters of Hawai'i helped restore the royal residence and, today, continues to operate and preserve the museum. In the photo at right, Mrs. Arthur Greenwell and Mrs. Charles M. Hite pose near the queen's piano.

Oct. 1954: "The [Matson ocean liner] Lurline school of the hula graduated its 10,000th student on a recent voyage to Honolulu," writes Paradise of the Pacific. In addition to receiving a diploma, Mrs. Robert Poer of Phoenix also won a grass skirt, which she dons in the photo below left.

Oct. 1979: HONOLULU Magazine writer John Charlot laments that two key works of Island architect C.W. Dickey, the Halekülani Hotel and Waikïkï Theater, are threatened with demolition. "In all of Dickey's buildings can be found this sensitivity to local conditions, attachment to earlier architectural achievements, and intelligent, creative solutions to the problems posed by the project." Charlot notes how the Waikïkï Theater, photo above, combined art deco with Island details-an open courtyard, two frescos by Marguerite Blasingame and outdoor landscaping. In the auditorium, the proscenium arch was a lighted rainbow framed by two coconut trees, and, when the lights went out, simulated clouds seemed to flow across the dark blue, starry ceiling. "If the theater is destroyed," Charlot wrote, "we will lose an important side of an architect who helped teach us how to live in modern Hawai'i." The Waikïkï Theater was spared for 20 more years. After years of declining business, however, it closed in 2002. Today, the building still sits unused. Although the Halekülani bungalows were replaced in the 1980s by a much larger resort, the hotel's main building was preserved.

Oct. 1984: "As most viewers of local TV news in Hawai'i are now aware, there has been an important change in the way courtroom stories have been covered in the past year," reports HONOLULU Magazine, photo above left. In 1984, the state Supreme Court established a two-year experiment in which media cameras would be allowed in state courts. The program's supporters maintained that trials were public events and that courtroom realism might deter would-be criminals. Critics argued that cameras interfered with a defendant's right to a fair trial, often turning a case into a public spectacle. In the late 1980s, the Hawai'i Supreme Court decided to permanently allow cameras in the courtroom.

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